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OECD to Set Up Global Facility on Biodiversity

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Science  02 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5424, pp. 22-23
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5424.22

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Last week the dream of pooling all research relating to life on Earth moved a step closer to reality when the science ministers of 29 industrial countries agreed to create a Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The virtual facility hopes to convert a growing tower of biodiversity Babel, replete with incompatible databases, confusing terminology, and uncatalogued material, into a transparent source of information that is accessible to anyone, anywhere. But before it tackles that challenge, GBIF will have to be transformed from an attractive notion into a real facility with a staff and a budget.